Rockbourne, New Forest Cottages
Built in the early 19th century, East Lodge is one of a pair of gate lodges which stand at the entrance to the West Park Estate. (see also West Lodge, H201). This charming bolthole has been completely refurbished and imaginatively extended to provide quirky and charming holiday accommodation, graded 4 stars, Gold Award by Visit England. All the accommodation is at ground floor level for ease of access. Step inside and you'll find light-filled, octagonal shaped rooms, combining stylish decor and furnishings with top-notch, comtemporary kitchen and bathroom fittings. We guarantee it will not be like anywhere you've stayed before!
All on the ground floor. East Lodge is to the left when you face the entrance gate with an outlook over fields towards the downs.
Open plan Living Room/Dining Room/Kitchen with open fireplace, sofa, window seat, small dining table/chairs and French windows to the garden.
Fitted Kitchen Area with oven, microwave and washing machine.
Bedroom One with king size bed and chest of drawers.
Bathroom/WC with separate shower above the bath.
Paved courtyard garden with garden table and chairs.
Home made meals, breakfast hamper and delivery of local produce by arrangement with the owner. Well behaved pets welcome. Unsuitable for young children, babies welcome. No smoking. Walking distance to a pub.
East Lodge is one of two Grade II listed detached gate houses we offer at the entrance to a country estate, West Park. The property lies at one end of the attractive village of Rockbourne, they offer an ideal base from which to explore The New Forest (about 10 minutes' drive), the unspoilt countryside of the Cranborne Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the cathedral city of Salisbury and the South Dorset coast, about 20 miles away.
Rockbourne itself is an attractive country village, the main street being lined with cottages of brick, cob and thatch either side of a winter bourne. Rockbourne has a Roman Villa which can be visited and a good thatched pub 'The Rose & Thistle'. Fordingbridge, 3.5 miles away, with its medieval arched bridge over the River Avon, provides the nearest shopping centre.
About a ten minute drive away is the boundary of the New Forest, one of England's oldest remaining forests. Now officially a National Park it offers miles of foot, bridle and cycle paths for those searching for outdoor activities and there is also plenty of wildlife to spot, not least the famous wild ponies which roam freely, all within this unique landscape. Visitor attractions such as Beaulieu (National Motor Museum), Buckler's Hard (where Nelson's favourite ship was built) and Exbury Gardens (world famous Rhododendrons & Azaleas) are also located within the New Forest.
Also within easy driving distance are the historic cathedral cities of Salisbury and Winchester, Wilton House, Longleat Safari Park and the beaches, yachting marinas and resorts of the South Hampshire and Dorset coastline.
For a day out slightly further afield The World Heritage city of Bath has so much to offer, with it's Roman Baths a particular attraction.
Fordingbridge, the nearest town at around four miles away, has a range of independent shops, pubs and restaurants while Rockbourne itself boasts its own Roman Villa, trout fishery and a very popular thatched pub, The Rose and Thistle, which is just a few minutes' walk from Manor Farm.